Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza over fire balloons, challenging May truce

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza over fire balloons, challenging May truce

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Gaza: After the 11-day bombing of Gaza by Israel in May ended, an Israeli plane struck Hamas’s location in Gaza on Wednesday after launching incendiary balloons from a Palestinian enclave in the first such attack.

The overnight airstrike gradually calmed down in the morning, and there were no reports of casualties on either side.

The outbreak is the first test of the new Israeli government, after Jewish nationalists marched in East Jerusalem on Tuesday and Hamas threatened to take action.

The Israeli military stated that its aircraft had attacked the Hamas armed compound in Gaza City and the southern town of Khan Younis and was “prepared to deal with all situations, including renewed fighting in the face of continued terrorist acts from Gaza.”

The military stated that the attack was in response to the launch of balloons filled with inflammable materials. The Israeli fire brigade reported that it caused 20 fires in open spaces in communities near the Gaza border.

A Hamas spokesperson confirmed the Israeli attack, stating that the Palestinians will continue to “brave resistance and defend their rights and holy land” in Jerusalem.

A few hours ago, thousands of Israelis waving flags gathered around the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem before heading to the holy Western Wall of Judaism, arousing anger and condemnation from the Palestinians.

Gaza: After the 11-day bombing of Gaza by Israel in May ended, an Israeli plane struck Hamas’s location in Gaza on Wednesday after launching incendiary balloons from a Palestinian enclave in the first such attack.

The overnight airstrike gradually calmed down in the morning, and there were no reports of casualties on either side.

The outbreak is the first test of the new Israeli government, after Jewish nationalists marched in East Jerusalem on Tuesday and Hamas threatened to take action.

The Israeli military stated that its aircraft had attacked the Hamas armed compound in Gaza City and the southern town of Khan Younis and was “prepared to deal with all situations, including renewed fighting in the face of continued terrorist acts from Gaza.”

The military stated that the attack was in response to the launch of balloons filled with inflammable materials. The Israeli fire brigade reported that it caused 20 fires in open spaces in communities near the Gaza border.

A Hamas spokesperson confirmed the Israeli attack, stating that the Palestinians will continue to “brave resistance and defend their rights and holy land” in Jerusalem.

A few hours ago, thousands of Israelis waving flags gathered around the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem before heading to the holy Western Wall of Judaism, arousing anger and condemnation from the Palestinians.

Israel, which occupied East Jerusalem in a 1967 war and later annexed it in a move that has not won international recognition, regards the entire city as its capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that would include the West Bank and Gaza.

Prior to Tuesday’s march, Israel beefed up its deployment of the Iron Dome anti-missile system in anticipation of possible rocket attacks from Gaza.

But as the marchers began to disperse after nightfall in Jerusalem, there was no sign of rocket fire from the enclave.

The procession was originally scheduled for May 10 as part of “Jerusalem Day” festivities that celebrate Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem.

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